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Democrats Searching -- for a Message
Howard Dean spoke Monday night in Vermont, where he used to be governor. Vermont is unique in that one of its senators is an "independent" former GOP member who always votes with the leftists. Its sole House member is an independent who classifies himself as a socialist. In this VIP-studded DNC fundraiser, Howard Dean admitted that the Democratic party needed something, badly: a message. To quote the screaming former presidential candidate: "We need a message. It has to be clear. The framing of the debate determines who wins the debate." Huh? The victor of the debate is properly determined by its substance! Our government is not an exercise in sophistry. Itís who we are and how we live.
"Deanís statements showed, however, that the Dems still lack a core set of beliefs, and without those, they obviously cannot form a cogent message. All they can do is obfuscate the issues and lie."
Deanís statements showed, however, that the Dems still lack a core set of beliefs, and without those, they obviously cannot form a cogent message. All they can do is obfuscate the issues and lie. Dean says: "What the propagandists on the right have done is make people afraid to say they are Democrats. We have to be out there. We have to be vocal. We have to be pushing our version of the facts because their version of the facts is very unfactual." As this remark shows, the left still does not understand what is going on in America. The right does not issue propaganda. We simply say what we mean and mean what we say. No better example of this candor exists than our President.
As for making people afraid to say that they are Democrats, this statement bears no relation to reality. In reality, Democrats are afraid to state their views. Zell Miller was drummed out of the party for not being an extremist socialist liberal. Hillary Clinton, socialist of the Socialists, was recently roundly slammed for calling abortion a "tragedy." She did not turn pro-life, mind you. She did not even waver in her unqualified support of such disgusting things as partial-birth infanticide. She simply did not celebrate abortion as the Sacrament of the Left, as Rush has so correctly labeled it. People are not afraid to say theyíre Democrats. In increasing numbers, they are repulsed by the Democrats and want nothing to do with them!
"The Democratic party, or more accurately, the shadow of the Democratic party, over which Dean presides is a fractious and intolerant coalition of extreme leftist fringe groups."
"The face of the Democratic Party is such that it looks like all of America will look in 2050," said Dean. I sure hope not! The Democratic party, or more accurately, the shadow of the Democratic party, over which Dean presides is a fractious and intolerant coalition of extreme leftist fringe groups. From militant feminists to militant environmentalists, from animal rights activists to forced unionization activists, from government employee unions who oppose any streamlining to government money dependents who oppose any government streamlining, none of these factions will tolerate anything less than 100% fealty to their positions. Where does that leave the Dems? Out in the cold. Any candidate who could secure the nomination could not possibly appeal to the entire populace. Thatís why George W. Bush won so handily in 2004!
Dean also said, "Vote by vote, precinct by precinct, door by door, year by year and election by election, we will take this country back for the people who built it." I argue that a rich heir to the Dean Witter Reynolds fortune is in no place to consider himself as a person who built America. He hypocritically cuts down GOPers as rich elites who never worked in their lives. In reality, Democrat contributors, excluding super-rich like Soros, are richer than GOP donors. The GOP, with its message of low taxes and personal empowerment has won the hearts and minds of the people. It further helps the GOP that the tax cuts have resulted in a mountain of new jobs, and has reversed the job outsourcing trend that started under the regressive, represssive Clinton-era taxes. Now our President wants to put the people in charge of their own retirement money in protected, inheritable retirement accounts.
"What is the Democrat position? The left has no position on any issue, because some faction or another will object, or they will be unable to pander to some group or another."
What is the Democrat position? The left has no position on any issue, because some faction or another will object, or they will be unable to pander to some group or another. The only exceptions are their "Bush Sucks" position and their sacrament of abortion. They only know that they instinctively oppose every thing that comes out of our Presidentís mouth. Whatís wrong with individual returement accounts? They say that the market is unstable. When Ronald Reagan took office, the Dow was 800. Itís now 10,500, nearly as high as the irrational Clinton-era tech bubble, but now buttressed with the strong fundamentals to keep itself strong. Had these accounts existed in the Reagan era, people who were 45 then and retiring now could easily make more in retirement than when working!
Dean said: "We need to position ourselves as the party of change. I think we have learned that when big changes happen in the House and Senate, they happen because one party nationalizes the race and becomes the change agent." Again, the Democrats think that itís all smoke and mirrors and a nice enough sheep suit to cover the wolf that they are. They donít understand that the GOP has so soundly triumphed because we are genuine, and genuinely truthful. We are the real agents of real change, and the regressive left wants only to stay stuck in the past. Keep Social Security as the virtual pyramid scheme that it is. Who cares if people who die at 61-62, after working their whole lives, like both of my wifeís parents, are ripped off of hundreds of thousands of dollars? With a private account, that money is passed on to their heirs.
"Who wants whatís best for the hard working people? The Democrats, who want to hike your taxes to the stratosphere, plunder your estate when you die, and then spend the money to buy the votes of those who they can make dependent upon them, or the GOP, who wants people to be free of the government and personally empowered?"
Who wants whatís best for the hard working people? The Democrats, who want to hike your taxes to the stratosphere, plunder your estate when you die, and then spend the money to buy the votes of those who they can make dependent upon them, or the GOP, who wants people to be free of the government and personally empowered? Who has a position? The GOP, whose stated goal, backed by deeds, is to empower you by eliminating government dependency, or the Democrats, who want to hook every part of your life to D.C. bureaucrats and keep you hooked on (and voting for them to keep the money flowing)?
The people have answered. The Democrats need to find a position and then find a way to make their factions stop being so extreme.